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The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter is the largest group in advocating on behalf of those living with Alzheimer's disease.

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Conquering Alzheimer’s is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery, and we need your help to change the future of this devastating disease.

As an advocate, you will be invited to engage public officials and policymakers in a variety of ways, urging their support for critical Alzheimer's legislation and policy changes. Whether you prefer sending emails to legislators, posting updates to Facebook, or hosting events or even meeting in-person with your elected officials, there are many ways you can make a difference as an Alzheimer's Association Advocate.

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Federal Policy

Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that cannot be ignored by federal policymakers. Our goal is to see that the federal government takes bold action now to confront this growing crisis. Urge your elected officials to enact public policies that provide better health and long-term coverage to ensure high-quality, cost-effective care for the millions of people who face this disease every day. Learn more


STATE POLICY

State governments are increasingly on the front lines in addressing health issues facing America. As a result, every state must tackle Alzheimer's not only as an aging issue but also as a public health crisis. Alzheimer's Association chapters across the nation work with state officials to determine regulatory and statutory standards for dementia training, provide access to respite care, designate spending for state long-term care services, control Medicaid spending, and in a variety of other ways to provide care and support for those facing this disease. Learn more

As we continue to implement Georgia’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan, during the 2018 legislative session, we will focus on three key areas:

  • Continuing to fight abuse, neglect and exploitation of those living with  Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and
  • Funding for Home and Community-based Services—especially to ensure that those still living in the community have access to the supports and services they need to remain in the community in their choice of home as long as possible
  • Ensuring access to quality long-term care for people with Alzheimer's & other dementias.

The Georgia General Assembly convened on Monday, January 8, 2018. The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter is bringing the following items to the attention of legislators. (Next to each issue summary is a link to a Fact Sheet. Use the talking points on these fact sheets to talk to your legislator.) 

Legislative Issues:

  • Reauthorize the GA Alzheimer's & Related Dementia State Plan: In 2013, the Georgia General Assembly declared Alzheimer's disease a looming public health crisis and established the Georgia Alzheimer's and Related Dementia State Plan Task Force to create a comprehensive state plan for Georgia to address the crisis. The GARD state plan needs to be reauthorized & updated. State Plan Fact Sheet.
  • Ensuring Access to Quality Long-Term Care Services for Persons with Dementia: Numerous people living with dementia and experiencing behavioral issues are being refused admittance to Long-term care (LTC) facilities. We will advocate to establish a study committee to examine this issue and determine ways to address the needs of those living with Alzheimer's or other dementias who have the right to "the right care, in the right place, at the right time," while ensuring that LTC facilities are not penalized for providing appropriate care. Access to LTC Fact Sheet.
  • Add Penalties for Benefits Trafficking to exploitation code: The elderly & disabled, especially those living with dementia, are often financially exploited. Cases are on the rise of older adults being coerced, isolated & deceived in order to unlawfully use their public benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps & more. These are tax-payer dollars being misused and the consequences to the older adult are devastating. These crimes should be prosecuted as exploitation. Benefits Trafficking Fact Sheet.
  • The Georgia Family Caregiver Act: People living with dementia rely on caregivers to provide essential care like: bathing, dressing, feeding & medication management. It is critical to continuity of care that the correct caregiver is identified by healthcare entities and that the caregiver be adequately informed and be given live instruction of medical tasks upon a discharge from the hospital back to home. Contrary to belief, 69% of care recipients do not receive a visit from a home health provider once home. The Family Caregiver Act is critical to supporting caregivers who provide hours of unpaid care to their loved ones living with dementia and other chronic conditions. (in collaboration with AARP Georgia) The GA FCA Fact Sheet.

Budget Issue:

  • $10 Million in the State Fiscal Year 2019 to fund non-Medicaid Home and Community-based Services (HCBS).  HCBS is critical to families impacted by Alzheimer's or other dementias. The physical and emotional impact of dementia caregiving is estimated to have resulted in $10.9 billion in healthcare costs in the US in 2016*. Services covered by HCBS funds, including adult day programs, meal delivery & in-home care services can help reduce the burden on caregivers. In 2016 there were 519,000 dementia caregivers in Georgia that provided almost $7.5 Billion in unpaid care. HCBS Fact Sheet. 

 

Upcoming Events

REGISTRATION is now Closed.

Our event is full with a waiting list! Please plan to join us next year. 

Awareness Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 
8:30am-3:00pm

Please plan to join us & use your VOICE! 

For more information email: mboatwrightquinn@alz.org 

 

View the 2017 photo gallery here. 

Rep. Lumsden Welcomes Advocates

Chapter Contact(s)

Chapter Headquarters
Georgia
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 30346
Phone 404.728.1181